Selena Gomez to Critics: Lighten Up!

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It's easy to forget, considering her success, but Selena Gomez is only 19 years old.

The singer emphasized this point in a recent interview with Glamour, when asked how she reacts to backlash against her for dating a certain popular male singer.

Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber Picture

"I feel like everything that I’m doing right now should not be taken too seriously," Selena told the magazine. "I should be able to have fun and enjoy where I’m at! So I don’t want to spend my time hiding or worrying about all of that."

Among other topics the artist touched on: rejection, Hollywood and her social media presence. Read on for excerpts.

On handling rejection: When I was 11 years old, I had a grown woman who was a casting director tell me I was not strong enough to carry the lead in any project. Now I’m doing things that I love, and I’m working really hard. I never want to play the victim or anything, but of course everybody deals with it.

On being young in Hollywood: You have this pressure to fit in and you want people to like you. I try my best to be a good person and be the best I can be.

On Facebook and Twitter: I love that I can stay connected with my fans and be able to tell them what’s going on. Their opinions are so important to me. But at the same time, it’s very weird. I think the Internet can be a great thing but also really evil. Something can instantly hurt your feelings.

Sadly, this is something with which Selena is all too familiar.

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I am sooo glad Selena is just having fun and not taking relationships serious b/c JB looks like a little kid next to her. He still has the chest of a 14 yr old *geesh*. Girls mature 3 yrs in advance next to boys & she's already a yr older ..There's so many young handsome actors that she'd look cute with between 20 and 24

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there are always people hating others with popular or success or fame BECAUSE THEY CANT HAVE WHAT YOU HAVE SELINA.....u are uniQ special so dont get hurt by haters,you are doing it great so dont give up and go on whit your life let the haters hate...they cant do any thing els just trust u have the spirit to rule ... u are beauty queen,thats way some ppl are burning.... u are young,dont give up.... u have GOG BLESS...

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@geneziz..i agree with you.. ^_^..get a life you haters

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YOU PEOPLE WHO HATE SELENA GET A LIFE. Selena can do anything what she wanna do. You guys HATERS ISN'T HER MOM OR HER PARENTS. And also I wanna ask you something for HATERS : WHO ARE YOU GUYS TO JUDGE SELENA & HER LIFE ???

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i the betiful

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i am justin's number 1 fan and belieber but wht selena said is true justin's fans shouldn't be callin her a slut and stuff. she can date who ever she wants. but the problem is tht she doesn't love justin. i saw it on david letterman's show. how could you selena?

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My friend said that Selena Gomez was a slut and she needs to stop dating Justin,i said to her Selena can date whoever she wants and she is not a slut i mean come on she already calls Miley a slut,Miley is not a slut either she's just 18 havin' fun!and she makes mistakes not everybody is PERFECT ALL THE TIME!!! She didnt choose to be a role model niether Selena or Demi!Miley is just Miley i know there are young fans out there but so what youre gonna have to deal with it sorry but that's just what she wanna do!Selena is pretty,smart,nice,talented and SELENA! So dont judge her!BIG SELENA FAN HERE IM NUMBER 1 LOL:)I was kinda mad that she was dating Justin to but i got over it!!!They heard they broke up anyway cause Justin was hanging out with Lil Wayne,Chris Brown and Sean Kingston and she said they are bad infleuence so yeah they broke up and got into a arguement and he was crying his tears out!!!!So yepp anyways i said what i had to say and now im happy so yeahh Bye!!!!;)

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This is for Selena Gomez there is only one thing you need to know and that is don't let all these bad comments get you are an AMAZING SINGER & ACTRESS. And this even goes for anyone who has ever had someone talk trash about them don't let it get you if you show it bother's you they keep talking trash.

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i think wat shes saying is true .no one should judge us we should have fun in life and if we listen to wat people say were not gonna get anywere in life .Every1 has their own opinions and there are some that should be kept 2 them selves because u should never think negative of urself there might be things that were not the best at but there are always thing that we're good at and u just have 2 think positive we people judge and just ignore anything ur heart disagrees with .like selena says in WHO SAYS :I WOULDNT WANNA BE ANYBODY ELSE

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Selena may not be the best singer, but she does have good music, and she's a great actress. She's 19 and JB is like 16/17. Not a huge difference. Selena is also seems like a good person and how long has she been in the spotlight and she hasn't done anything demeaning to herself (unlike one star we all know to well (Miley...)).

Selena Gomez Biography

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Selena Gomez Quotes

I'm not going to be a solo artist. I want to be in a band with four other guys.

Selena Gomez

I'm kind of lame. I prefer quiet evenings at home, hanging out with my family.

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